3/05/13 (March 5th is Fred Bear's birthday BTW)Sorry folks, had to bump up the mail cost to cover recent rate hikes. I've also cancelled my long running "Old Bow Rehabilitation Service" listing. I still offer an old bow fix-up service however. Inquire.
Well, I’ve done it!
So much interest in finding, collecting, fixing up and shooting old
bows; that I thought an introductory book on classic, vintage bows would be of
interest. It took me 100 pages and a fair number of photos for an
overview that should interest new archers and old hands too. I take the reader through the evolution
of the bow quickly, and then focus most attention on bows built post WW2 until
the mid 1970’s, considered the “golden age” of the production bow and the time
period when the best selection of “classic shooters” were built. I also make some mention of current
“old bow” technology and contemporary custom models. I help the reader understand bow designs and what to expect
from each and offer hints, suggestions and a few cautions.
There are ten chapters:
History of the Bow
of Archery Terms
Choose a Bow
I also wanted to make the book affordable, and chose to
self-publish and announce availability here on to test the waters. BOTH print and download
versions can be found at Lulu.com by searching for my name or book title.
OR, simply click “but-it-now” and on payment (Paypal), I’ll
enter the order on your behalf, drop shipped/mailed directly to you from the printer.
response on how you like the book or suggestions for
improvement are much appreciated.
I wish to thank the initial purchasers of my book for all the
great response about how much they liked it. I learned a great deal about publication, marketing and
hidden costs with my listing and the sale of the first 100 copies:
didn’t charge enough to sufficiently cover fees. No slam intended (well, maybe a little), just an eye opener as to how the
system really works.
the books are mailed directly from the printer’s (lulu.com) Tennessee location,
and Tennessee has sales tax agreements with some States and not others, I
had to eat that cost.
sale generates an average of EIGHT e-mails and duplicates. Order entries, Paypal, and
printer shipping notices fill my inbox quickly and it is easy to have a
hiccup with so much to track for each transaction.
for mail cost outside the USA added pricing complexity too, since the postage is based on Lulu's location and I have to guess.
I made typo and some edit corrections to the books now being delivered. Not enough to call it a revised edition, only to clean up spellings and clarify some points. But
I’m also receiving many good suggestions for added material. Enough that I am beginning to think a
“Vintage Bows-2” is in the future.
So it made sense that since I was changing the book’s price to recover points 1-4
above, to re-title the book as “Vintage Bows-I” just in case. (3/26/11 update. Ok, I found six new typos, drat. They'll just have to remain for now.)
Thanks, especially the wonderful response and the latest compliments that the edit made the book better.